Friday, March 12, 2021


First Presidency announces 
No more live endowment sessions

"For both the Salt Lake and Manti temples, temple instruction will move from a live presentation conducted in several different rooms to single-room film presentations. Also, storied but aging murals in both buildings are being removed."
These historic rooms will no longer be used as originally designed.  The beautiful hand-painted murals will be removed as well. There was alot of symbolism in the upward spiral of moving up from one room to another, but patrons will now stay in one place during the Temple instruction. The historic baptistry and font will also be removed and new ones will be build in the Annex. 
In a letter written by the First Presidency it says,

"As this project has progressed, we have felt the Lord's hand guiding us in modifying several aspects of the renovation."  

So they only felt the Lord guidance on several aspects? Why not ALL aspects? 

The below pioneer murals will all be removed, painted over, and changed. 

 Are we  RESTORING or COMPLETELY REMOVING our  Historical Foundations?

I recently took a few photos last week of the Salt Lake Temple. I was surprised to see the stones being taken down from the exterior of the Temple. Apparently, the reason they are doing so is for cleaning purposes. I  would think it easier to clean them still attached to the building instead of removing them. Plus a whole lot less expensive.  (It is not like you can take them to the dry cleaners or something.) Anyway, I am constantly amazed at this "Renovation" of the Salt Lake Temple. 

Here is a photo that I took and added the ground level transparency to show the progress of the removal of the foundation. They have dug down what looks to be at least 30 feet. They will then begin the process of the replacing the rock foundation with moving rollers which they are calling  a "base isolation system". Essentially the building is no longer built on rock, a steadfast and firm foundation, but on rollers that can move back and forth depending on the movement of the world(earth).

I honestly wonder if it would have been easier and cheaper to just tear down and rebuild the temple with all of these massive changes they are doing. 



Here are some comments on the Deseret News article:
"I am extremely disappointed. Throwing away all that pioneer heritage and sacrifice. The baptistry is going to be removed from the temple and placed in the annex where it will join a second one. The current endowment rooms will be torn out and modern ones added. Why could they have not just built a new one nearby for increased capacity and restored this one, as was the original plan? And then they're also going to gut the Manti Temple. Such a sad day for historic preservation."


Another comment:
"It's not my property, but it is my heritage. My ancestors helped build the Salt Lake Temple. Sounds like they are basically going to tear out the inside of many parts of the temple and install modern rooms (albeit with faux historic finishes). All that pioneer handiwork gone! All that sacrifice to build something beautiful thrown away. Sounds like the majority of the murals are already in the garbage dump.
We now need to move away from referring to this project as a "restoration," and rather call it what it is, a remodel or rebuild. You cannot restore something by removing the original elements."

Anonymous said...

Those are great comments. You should look at the comments on the story at to see the lengths members of the church will go to justify destroying these historic temples.

Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

These changes break my heart... I thought they were preserving the beauty and history of the Salt Lake Temple... this is the exact antithesis of that goal

Anonymous said...

Quote from Pres Nelson in the press release that announced the Temple restoration:
"Every reasonable effort will be made to honor and maintain the temple's historic beauty. We will strive to preserve its reverent setting and character as originally directed by President Brigham Young."
I'm upset that the seem to have forgotten the reason they are putting the effort into preserving this sacred place. It wasn't meant to be a renovation, but a preservation.